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tange 1 year, 9 months ago

Can no longer find the album, but here's some concert footage...

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Agnostick 1 year, 9 months ago

"The Beatles: 1967-1970"

"The Beatles: 1967-1970" by Agnostick

Still have this, too.

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icdedpeeple 1 year, 9 months ago

Paul Simon - Kodachrome Best song - One Man's Ceiling is Another Man's Floor

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lunacydetector 1 year, 9 months ago

Sloppy Seconds - Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show

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Kirk Larson 1 year, 9 months ago

Sweet- Desolation Boulevard and Kiss-Alive Bought them from a friend of my brother who needed cash.

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Finnbar1 1 year, 9 months ago

My first album was Guy Clark 'Old No. 1' I also remember buying and wearing out a parody 45, can't remember who it was by or the title but it was an interview asking questions and the response was a snippet from a popular song. the only line I remember now is "Mr. Jaws how does it feel to be hated?" and the song was "wouldn't you give your hand to a friend?"

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notajayhawk 1 year, 9 months ago

Meet the Beatles. Still have it. Still plays end-to-end without a skip.

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Julie Craig 1 year, 9 months ago

My first 45 was American Pie for my 12th birthday in 1972. Thanks Chuck!!

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prairierose 1 year, 9 months ago

... middle school kid....darn newby posting fingers

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prairierose 1 year, 9 months ago

U2 The Joshua Tree on vinyl...epic for a

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camper 1 year, 9 months ago

My brother and I could not scrape up enough coins to get this one by the MC5, Kick out the Jams:

http://youtu.be/iM6nasmkg7A

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camper 1 year, 9 months ago

The first Boston Record. Great record that also appealed to many.

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FloridaSunshine 1 year, 9 months ago

tange, you are absolutely right about folks generally being repelled by lesser superficial differences.

This man IS his music and I admire that. Thank you for sharing these two clips with all of us. (Btw...I think Bowie looks fantastic here.) I respect his evident great love of the music he brings forth. I have that same feeling of respect when I listen to and watch Sting.

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FloridaSunshine 1 year, 9 months ago

I go just so far with my "clashing", it seems. My love of music is SO diversified, I can never round them all up. But I'm definitely not into a lot that you are...e.g., further up on the thread, David Bowie. And you have given lots of links, on other threads, in the past, for modern-day groups I've never even heard of...I asked a few "youngsters" (in their early 30's mostly...some mid to late 30's) if they knew of these groups and they didn't, which I found intriguing...especially coming from my son-in-law who is a drummer (not by occupation) and, I thought, knew all the groups out there. He's more into heavy metal (which I detest, but, to each his own)...my daughter, his wife, is a classical pianist...."HU NU???" Opposites attract, oh, yes indeedy!! BIG S-M-I-L-E !!!

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FloridaSunshine 1 year, 9 months ago

Does anyone remember the wonderful Mr. Perry Como?? What a decent, beautiful spirit...such a gentleman. Here's "And I Love You So"....http://youtu.be/Uyc6QyDaOBg and "I Think of You"...http://youtu.be/I8qml60CJTg (My favorite!)

I could go on and on and make a list..."It's Impossible", "Help Me Make It Through The Night"...etc. I think he wasn't as popular as Sinatra and some of the others because he was not a "player". He was truly one of the good guys. He had his audience and he was loved.

My mother and dad adored this man...and his singing.
Thanks, Mother and Dad, for introducing me to this beautiful voice!!

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trinity 1 year, 9 months ago

As someone else has said-I grew up with older siblings&therefore had access to all kinds of awesome albums&45s. I think the very first LP record that I could claim as all mine (nobody else would have wanted it lol) would have been Down by the Lazy River (not sure if that was the album title) by the Osmonds. Hey I was only 10ish, 11ish! That one was soon followed by Jackson 5 albums...pop was the word, lol. WHB, yeehaw! :) Also practically wore out my mom's "Alice's Restaurant" LP...

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Rae Hudspeth 1 year, 9 months ago

Peter and the Wolf, bought by my folks, of course.

First vinyl LP I bought myself: T Rex, The Slider First 45: Lola by the Kinks First CD: .. ? Can't remember, it took me far too long to give up cassettes in the car, I hated the sound of CDs when I first heard them

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Kat Christian 1 year, 9 months ago

Oh wait a minute....my Mom got me a record when I was a little girl. I loved Davy Crockett and she bought the theme song Davy Crockett it is a 75 rpm vinyl record (still have it too - believe it or not). Still have some of her 75 rpm's like Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Goodman, Guy Lombardo, Patty Page and so on. Some are still playable some too cracked or broken (why do I keep them - I don't know - they were from my mother's youth), but if anyone knows of someone who'd like to purchase them I might be willing to give them up for a fair offer.

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Kat Christian 1 year, 9 months ago

First Album (vinyl) - "Eat a Peach" Allman Brothers (still have it). First 45 rpm was James Brown "Night Train" and my bro' Stevie Wonders "Fingertips (Stevie and I were born the very same moment in time, day, year). My third 45 rpm was "Walk Like a Man" by the Four Seasons (what was I thinking?) Now I can't stand it when men sings in an upper voice.

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Russell Fryberger 1 year, 9 months ago

David Bowie "Pinups". Still have, still play it.

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Ronda Miller 1 year, 9 months ago

Hysterically laughing my $ss off. ;()

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Ronda Miller 1 year, 9 months ago

Hardly my first album, but I remember my sister coming home from college and handing me The Who's Tommy album as if it were yesterday. No, not The Beatles Yesterday. And happy 72 birthday to Ringo Star!

I also remember this favorite of Tange's and when my brother handed it to me - Help Me Rhonda by The Beach Boys.

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Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 9 months ago

Kansas Leftoverture

First cd.......I think it was U2 Zooropa

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mklopp 1 year, 9 months ago

Physical Grafitti - Led Zepplin on vinyl; I Robot - Alan Parsons Project on CD

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prospector 1 year, 9 months ago

Where is Elvis? Ya'll are all a pack of smelly hippies. Get a haircut. Stay out of my parts.

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gccs14r 1 year, 9 months ago

Mine was Foghat's Fool for the City on 8-track.

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Lana Christie-Hayes 1 year, 9 months ago

and Pink Floyd ~ WIsh You Were Here ~ same year.. 1975

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Lana Christie-Hayes 1 year, 9 months ago

Elton John ~ Captain Fantastic ~ 1975

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thebcman 1 year, 9 months ago

Wow .. that was weird .. a bunch of old stories from '07 showed up briefly in the "most discussed" column on the right side of this page.

here's one .. http://www2.ljworld.com/feedback/redesign/07/

great to read some of the ancient comments!

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autie 1 year, 9 months ago

Beaker Street Theatre, Dance to the Music, Pink Floyd, Jimi H...damn you peoples are old.

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Brian Conrad 1 year, 9 months ago

Jimi Hendrix in MONO really ... played it on my masterwork stereo with mono mode. bought the Stereo from Kiefs. first on the block to have a stereo . wooo hooo

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g_rock 1 year, 9 months ago

oh and Disco Duck compilation LPs. yah. true story

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beatrice 1 year, 9 months ago

I always had access to music and albums because of older siblings, so I don't remember a time when I didn't have albums around. If my memory is correct, however, I believe the first album I purchased with my own money was "Dance to the Music" by Sly and the Family Stone. Pre-funk fun.

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MarcoPogo 1 year, 9 months ago

"Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" - It was a children's record that also had "On Top of Spaghetti" on it. Still have it!

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kat66044 1 year, 9 months ago

I was in the sixth grade. "Song to a Seagull" by Joni Mitchell. I liked the way the cover looked. My dad got me a Pete Fountain and a Herb Albert and the Tijuana Express album the same day.

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SeaBee 1 year, 9 months ago

"Rubber Soul" was the first LP. I think either "Dark Side of the Moon" or Steely Dan's "Gaucho" would have been the first CDs, replacing old vinyl in my collection.

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The_Original_Bob 1 year, 9 months ago

Waylon and Willie. Technically, I think my dad owned it, but that is the first one I remember listening to all the time when I was about five or six. I learned early on that I did not want to be a cowboy.

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Acey 1 year, 9 months ago

"JAZZ WEST COAST" . . . a sampler that started my collection.
MY first LP, and first cool jazz album. A year later, my sister and her friends home from college let me go with them to a bar in The Village with them to hear the quartets from the West Coast...LIVE. I was 15, trying to pass as COOL, nursing a rum and Coke, and tapping my toes inside my shoes.

Now the records are scratched with age, and have no turntable to play them any more. CHET BAKER and GERRY MULLIGAN are long gone. . . . .

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Kyle Neuer 1 year, 9 months ago

First 45-"Venus" by the Shocking Blue. Lp-The White Album

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aero_steve 1 year, 9 months ago

Michael Jackson - Off the Wall on 8 Track

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shanep 1 year, 9 months ago

Aerosmith- Big Ones. Isn't Mary Beth Duda old enough that her first album should have been something older than Taylor Swift???

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 9 months ago

I was one of the dozen or so people who saw the very first live performance of Kansas (the lineup that became famous, anyway.) They still hadn't decided whether they were calling themselves White Clover or Kansas. It was in Snavely's Pub in Whiting, Kansas, chosen specifically because it was very obscure, and not that far from St. Joe, where they'd been practicing in Steve Walsh's mother's basement.

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wineguy 1 year, 9 months ago

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedos. Still one of my favorites.

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BABBOY 1 year, 9 months ago

Too many pictures of music albums.

I can read.

I am guessing cause I do not remember bur it was probably either Rush, Kansas or The Who.

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Soapbox 1 year, 9 months ago

Signed copy of Revolver, John, Paul, George and Ringo!!

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thebcman 1 year, 9 months ago

Alright old-timers .. what was the first Compact Disc you ever purchased? Mine was Grateful Dead - Blues For Allah

p.s. noticed a lot of the very first CD's I purchased in the 80's were made in West Germany. Wonder if they are worth any $$$???

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g_rock 1 year, 9 months ago

Muppet Show Album.

And I can't believe I'm actually admitting to you all the extent of my uh-hipness. Yes, the first real music album was Barry Manilow. I may or may not own a few.

//hanging head in shame

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autie 1 year, 9 months ago

We felt positively underground when we tuned in KAAY at two o'clock in the morning...I haven't heard mention of Beaker street in ages.....

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 9 months ago

Yes, 45's were how I bought music, at least the earliest music I bought.

And while I listened to lots of top 40 on WHB out of KC, I eventually found KAAY in Little Rock, particularly Clyde Clifford and Beaker St. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaker_S...) and not long after KBEY-FM and KUDL-FM, which for a few years, played music that most commercial stations would not (and probably could not) touch by groups that are now in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame (and others that probably should be.)

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classclown 1 year, 9 months ago

Actually I bought two the same day so I'll count them both as firsts.

"The Grand Illusion" by Styx "2112" by Rush.

Not bad for a couple of first albums if I do say so myself.

I was really rocking the Styx back in them days. Bought everything I could find of theirs.

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autie 1 year, 9 months ago

Two. Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen and Grand Funk LIve the double album...And why is Grand Funk black balled from the so called Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame?

Sorry R_I, I was previously indisposed.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 9 months ago

I was gorgonized by a myriad of influences.

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labmonkey 1 year, 9 months ago

The first one I ever bought with my own money was Billy Joel's Storm Front on cassette when I was in the 6th grade.

My parents did get me a 45 of Ronnie Milsap's Stranger in My House when I was in kindergarten. I was a weird little kid.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 9 months ago

"Introducing The Beatles" Actually it's my wife's, I never collected albums back then. Still have it too. Hers is the monotone version, not the stereophonic.

http://collectorsfrenzy.com/Gallery/110839361853.jpg

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shotgun 1 year, 9 months ago

What else? King Crimson. "In The Court Of The Crimson King"

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Pywacket 1 year, 9 months ago

I still love the music I grew up with in the 60s and 70s but when I hit my 30s and started hanging out with a few older friends, I discovered Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie Parker, and a lot more from that era. Absolutely swooned over it. Still do. Love the witty, intelligent lyrics they were laying down in the 30s and 40s. Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, the Gershwins.... Nobody writes 'em like those guys did.

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FloridaSunshine 1 year, 9 months ago

SFBayhawk...ANYTHING by Bill Cosby is a winner!! And South Pacific? Be still, my heart!!

I was three or four years old...it wasn't an album...it was a 45...I remember it had scratches on it. It belonged to my oldest brother and I would sneak into his bedroom when he was at school and for whatever reason, LOVED to play that record...the "Marine Corps Hymn"...on his little portable record player turned as loud as it would go...until my mother would come running in to turn the thing down. I can still hear that music, scratches and all...horrible sound but I adored it! This happened at least two or three times a week until I found a record of Liberace in my mother and dad's bedroom (I seem to have been a little snoop!!) and fell madly in love with the piano. Thank you, Liberace!

Can't remember my first album...I started collecting all sorts of music by age 10 or 11...Artur Rubinstein was one of my special loves...classical music and opera being my favorites. But there were also all of Tony Bennett's, Frank Sinatra's (especially with Antonio Carlos Jobim), Streisand...I could go on and on...and I still have them all...wouldn't part with any of them. Some of my collections were stolen by furniture movers many years ago...a heart-breaking event that I try not to think about. If I were to sum up my life in two words: music & books.

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Robert Rauktis 1 year, 9 months ago

Bill Cosby-"Why Is There Air?;" Dave Clark 5- Glad All Over; Rogers and Hammerstein-South Pacific; Rolling Stones - "Out of Our Heads"; Animals - "Animal Tracks". I later deduced I was a fan of the Vox organ (and my own!) There was no attempt at someone programming to their categorization of "style", so collections were eclectic and word of mouth and family taste.

I had mostly 45's at a dollar a crack for an "A" and "B" side. Once in a while there were gem "B" sides. The round record sleeves of the 45's were a great feature...the best was *Parrot" who had Them and Tom Jones. The dust and scratches on the records enhanced some music, like the fuzz tone of "Satisfaction" CCR stuff.

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Gart 1 year, 9 months ago

BTW. The "Trio" all went went to Punahou School in Hawaii. Where our now POTUS went. Just a random fact that probably means nothing. . . . . .

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Gart 1 year, 9 months ago

Yeah and no. Not sure if the songs am posted are from the same record albums. Passed down to my older brother who influenced me in music. He was the one that always bought the record albums.....:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nccqzhy8mo8

These are all great. Poor ole' Tom...

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jkr1739 1 year, 9 months ago

Quiet Riot - Metal Health on vinyl

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dlkrm 1 year, 9 months ago

A Sesame Street album. Actual music - Gene Simmons' solo album.

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kef104 1 year, 9 months ago

Harmony, by Three Dog Night. It featured Never Been to Spain.

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blue73harley 1 year, 9 months ago

"Album? We had 45s. Our parents had albums."

Ditto.

My first 45 - Red Rubber Ball by Cyrcle.

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gphawk89 1 year, 9 months ago

Santana - Abraxas (on 8-track). I remember listening to it in the car almost every day on the way home from kindergarten. Still listen to that one from time to time, but the 8-track is long gone.

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Phil Minkin 1 year, 9 months ago

The buttoned down mind of Bob Newhart

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tange 1 year, 9 months ago

Hmm... was Isle of View the first album I purchased? I remember it having no record sleeve...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y30P9OMZ4HY

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rockchalker52 1 year, 9 months ago

Allan Sherman - "My Son the Nut"

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Andini 1 year, 9 months ago

Supertramp: Breakfast in America...but it was on 8-track and my favorite song was one that they faded in and out on two programs.

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Pywacket 1 year, 9 months ago

Pink Floyd--Dark Side of the Moon. Played it to death.

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tange 1 year, 9 months ago

Album? We had 45s. Our parents had albums.

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thebcman 1 year, 9 months ago

Alice Cooper - Love It To Death on 8-Track

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riverdrifter 1 year, 9 months ago

Meet the Beatles. 1964. I was only 12 years old but I knew that things, they were a changin'...

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